§ Dr. Strang
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what measures her Department has taken to establish which countries would be willing to accept United Kingdom exports of equidae vaccinated for equine viral arteritis; and if she will list those countries which(a) will and (b) will not grant access.
§ Mrs. Gillian Shephard
The Ministry's Chief Veterinary Officer has written or is about to write to his counterparts in a number of third countries inquiring as to the animal health conditions which would have to be met to enable equidae vaccinated against equine viral arteritis to be eligible for import into those countries.
Current bilateral agreements with Australia and Barbados preclude the export to those countries of equidae vaccinated against EVA. The United States of America will accept vaccinated horses.